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in the united states, i have to be honest with you. i love the united states, i admire the united states. >> rose: and you're heavily invested here. >> yes, the united states is the leader of the world. it's going to be the leader of the world for many years to come. forget china's going to come out you're down. >> rose: that means? >> when you have a country has $14 trillion of cumulative debt and its g.d.p. around $14 million and both competing, that's not good. >> rose: debt or g.d.p.? >> yes. and when you have a budget deaf sit of a trillion dollars going for the foreseeable fueler, it's unacceptable. when you have economic vices that hit you badly and it was contagious, things are not we were there but you can get out of it. >> rose: prince alwaleed bin talal for the hour next. ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: princeal alwaleed bin talal is here. he's chairman of the kickdom investment company. "forbes" ranks him as one of the world's 25 most wealthiest people. "time" magazine
you have to speak to it? >> oh, sure, yes, i do. regularly. here in the united states, in europe and in the middle east. that assertion is based on the assumption that the united states cannot at the same time be totally committed to israel's security-- which we are-- and be totally committed to the creation of the palestinian state-- which we are. and i believe that those are not mutually exclusive. to the contrary, that i believe they are mutually reinforcing. it will help israel get security for its people if the palestinians have a state and this issue is over. >> rose: george mitchell for the hour. next. if you've had a coke in the last 20 years, ( screams ) you've had a hand in giving college scholarships... and support to thousands of our nation's... most promising students. ♪ ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: george mitchell is here. he is president obama's special envoy to the middle east, the former maine senator and majority leader has a proven record of brokerin
markets are running rampant. not only are they running rampant in the united states, but we have been exporting this model of free-market fundamentalism around the world. we exported it to haiti, for example. people should remember that he was a disaster before the earthquake, because, in part, the united states government imposed this free market on the island despite the will of the people, resulting in fairly dire time before the earthquake. tavis: alan greenspan is part of the reason that we were in the mess that we were in, having to do with a lack of due diligence. he has addressed that. i raise that, because the man that now has that seat, ben bernanke, who we saw weeks ago, he was the man of the year in " time magazine." i have my own thoughts about that, but share for me what it means when an esteemed institution like "time magazine" says that this guy, who was around when all of this deregulation happened, this is the man that deserves to be the man of the year. what statement does that make where your work is concerned? >> it shows a we are deeply in the nile about the deep
him into the united states and britain. so this is the kind of threat where it's maybe an individual now rather than in one particular cell that al qaeda can utilize in this type of aircraft attack. >> there's still a lot of unfinished work today-to-do for the obama administration in reforming the way intelligence is shared inside the u.s. bureaucracy for looking at the problem of signal to noise in the system, wrefb information is shared, how do you distinguish reliable and important information from false reporting and misleading reporting. there's... anyone who works in the system who deals with threat reporting testifies that there is an enormous amount of noise in the system. and even if you share the noise, that doesn't actually create the clarity you need to act against real threats. >> yemen is a country's in great chaos at the moment. there's a civil war in the north draining off a lot of military resources at the moment. there's a separate insurgency which is increasingly violent in the south. the government is running out of money as it loses oil exports and so i think wha
you are president of the united states. that doesn't work when you come into washington d.c. and you have people like nancy pelosi and harry reid and politicians on the hill that will call your-- claw your eyes out if you stand still. he has not asserted himself. he has not been the barack obama of iowa. i keep waiting for the barack obama of iowa. >> rose: what was the barack obama of iowa reasons barack obama of iowa was a guy that reached out to republicans and to independents who would come in to me, when we were going around iowa doing our show there during the caucus saying you know what, this guy isn't wedded to all of those fights and those ideaological battles that bill clinton and hillary clinton and george w. bush fought from 1968 on. he's going to take us forward. the problem is he has turned his presidency over, over the past year, to people whose political careers were framed that way. i think he's going to have to stop being the law professor, start being the leader. i think he's going to start being more lbj. >> rose: back to you for health care, adam. is health-care
calamity occurs. in an attempt to get at that last one, the eyes of the world turn to the united states where president obama spoke again today. >> the entire world stands with the government and the people of haiti, for in haiti's devastation we all see the common humanity that we share. gwen: so what is the scope of the u.s. public and private response so far? helene? >> well, this has been -- the scale of this disaster has been so huge and right on america's doorstep that for the obama administration, their response had to be huge. i mean, when you're talking about 50,000, 100,000 people killed, no matter where this had happened in the world, the united states would have responded. but when you're talking about somewhere that's right on our doorstep, the response had to be huge. i think for president obama, this is the first full-scale catastrophe, humanitarian type disaster of his presidency. he was determined from the start that he was going to be, you know, right up on top of it, within 30 minutes of him being informed on tuesday about the earthquake, he already had convened his n
threaten our homeland. >> the threat to the united states is real. i think this administration has downplayed it. they need to recognize it. gwen: at the end of the year and the end of a decade, a new scare. michael duffy of "time" magazine provides context. then, a roundtable with three "washington week" panelists whose books tell us much about the year just passed and the year to come. dan balz, author of "the battle for america 2008: the story of an extraordinary election," joan biskupic, the author of "american original," a biography of the supreme court justice antonin scalia, david sanger, author of "the inheritance," a look at the challenges of our foreign policy. >> celebrating 40 years of journalistic excellence, from our nation's capital, this is "washington week" with gwen ifill. produced in association with "national journal." corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> we know why we're here. to design the future of flight inside and out. >> to build tomorrow's technology in amazing ways. >> and reshape the science of aerospace forever. >> around the g
spending freeze. >> the president of the united states came to the well of congress and after apparently offering a nod to focusing on jobs, he renewed his embrace of the failed economic policies of this congress and h this administration to date, calling for one more so-called stimulus bill built on the same failed policies of the last stimulus bill. >> warner: for her part, house speaker nancy pelosi focused today on health care reform, something the president moved down his priority list in last night's address. >> we must pass this legislation , and we must take whatever time it takes to do it. some things we can do on the side which may not fit into a bigger plan. that doesn't mean that's a subs tuesday for doing comprehensive. it means we will move on many fronts. >> reporter: the president also drew attention today for his criticism last night of the supreme court's decision on campaign finance. with all nine justices looking on, he charged that the ruling would open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations. associate justice samuel alito shook his head
they will bring them. the shortages are in just about everything. today, planes from the united states, china, france, and spain were among those landing at the airport. the military making it possible for supplies to fly in around the clock. all the more critical because of heavy damage to the port. president obama warned it may take hours or days for all american resources to get on the ground. >> none of this will seem quick enough if you have a loved one he was trapped, if you're sleeping on the streets, if you cannot feed your children. but it is important that everyone in haiti understand at this moment one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history is moving towards haiti. >> but mobilizing the ever- expanding international relief effort is only the first step. the logistical challenge of turning that into search and rescue operations for all the collapsed buildings, into medical help needed for the injured, and food and walter and shelter -- food and water and shelter for all those without homes is a nightmare. they are battling to cope. >> there are many people who survived,
in the united states, and i am the only comedian ever to have attacked the apollo audience. tavis: i want to hear this story. >> there was a young white wrapper on -- white rapper on, and the audience was heating up. i said you guys are so easy. you are impressed by it. i am offended by it. i said, what you do when you go to the zoo and you go to the monkey cage? he did not go to the monkey cage and say hello, my monkey, my name is paul. you got to the cage and make noises. you go to the monkey's level. that is how i look at that. if it offends me. tavis: and the apollo did what? >> they got quiet. it was the truth. i do not have to defend the truth. the truth defends itself. tavis: if you in your own mind are being truthful and you are killing it in your own mind and the audience is a quiet, is that success? the point is to make us laugh. >> the point is to make us laugh, but audiences like a monster. i remember when i used to try to please the audience and kiss their but, do any thing to make them happy, anything to get a laugh, i learned in beverly hills. i just said, you know what, i
you soon. joining me from washington is haiti's ambassador to the united states raymond alcide i'm happy to have you here. >> glad to be back. >> charlie: tell us what you know. >> what i know is what everybody else know except that i talked with some friends and people back home who add a few touches. we have in haiti today the greatest tragedy that the country has seen in years. and after they finish counting the dead and burying them, we'll start rebuilding, i hope. then we'll take years to heal. >> charlie: because of the loss of life. >> yes. >> charlie: there's some hope that this will bring attention to the world community will understand the struggle of haiti and perhaps there will be an outpouring but none of that can calm the pain of the loss of life. >> i think there's a silver lining what you say. that the world perhaps finally will start focusing on haiti, the country. the second independent country, the western hemisphere, second only to the united states of america, country that helped so many others, including the united states. and that helped south america to
is where do you send these them? if you send them the united states, dollar series of complicated legal questions that arise. how long can you hold them the united states? if you can't deport them someplace else, do you have to release them the united states? that would be a horrible outcome. and i think one of the questions that is a legitimate question is what is the plan in terms of all of the legal framework that applies if there comes a point that people come into the united states and have to be held there. so those are legitimate issues to discuss which, frankly, go somewhat beyond the particular elements of the december 25 plot. >> rose: with respect to the president'seer on terrorism and the president's definition, john brennan has the president's ear, he's the point person for this president in defining the war against terrorism? >> he is, it's one of the reasons the president has asked mr. brennan to conduct this review of what happened on christmas day. he has his u.s. most respect and loyalty and respect for his service so he without a doubt is a point person. it's why the
the president of the united states cares more about the rights of terrorists than he does protecting the american people. now, does any sensible person believe that? no. but that is driving the narrative in the mainstream media. not on fox. >> moyers: give me your explanation of why you think nbc, ge, and david gregory constantly ask newt gingrich on and not nancy pelosi? >> i think because the right wing media, fox, the "wall street journal", "the weekly standard", et cetera, et cetera, the heritage foundation, they have been so successful at defining the terms of the debate that the mainstream media accept their definitions of the issues and the parameters of discussion without even knowing they're doing it. and this infection has been going on for decades. and when the white house tried to take it on, in the form of taking on fox, the media reacted, "oh my god, you're attacking a sister network." that was the phrase of one of the abc correspondents. they should recognize that there are some people doing honest journalism and some people doing propaganda. and those people doing pro
, with other countries including the united states. in fact there is a tent city not far from where i am standing that actually being administered by the 82nd airborne division of the army which is home to about an estimated 75,000 people already. but the tent cities that are to you being built are actually farther out of town than even that. and they will include just simply tents to begin with but farther down the road they are hoping to include more permanent structures sense we are coming up to in four weeks time the rainy season and soon after that the hurricane season and obviously tents aren't very good for that. >> warner: now meanwhile back in the city where you have all these make-shift settlements, what is the aid distribution system like there. is it any better than say yesterday or the day before? >> aid is getting better and better every day. ef reday i see more water trucks on the street. more food trucks distributing aid there are still long lines for it. because food is still so expensive here everything is price gouged. so for example, if your eye drops cost $3 before t
, is eric holder the attorney general of the united states. several cabinet members. ken salazar, secretary of the interior, former senator from colorado on the right in glasses. there's susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations behind her, jim jones . form i commandant of the marine corps , some folks-- answer-- what are you looking for tonight? what do you hope for or expect? >> how the president comes out. i mean, obviously, he's got to be optimistic but he's got to be realistic about the struggles that people in the country are going through. does he acknowledge mistakes just in communication? "i was too busy to tell you?" or does he acknowledge misnakes policy? and i think health care is the 800-pound gorilla in the room that they have to address because it is inconceivable the democrats go into 2010 election, trying to walk away from health care. it would be such a negative and-- not only for the country but for them politically. >> lehrer: you think, david, the president will take on the polarization in the congress, all democrats feel one way on everything , all republic
in yemen-- called al qaeda in the arabian peninsula-- we knew that they sought to strike the united states and that they were recruiting operatives to do so, the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure of analysis, a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community. third, this in turn fed into shortcomings in the watch- listing system, which resulted in this person not being placed on the no-fly list, thereby allowing him to board that plane in amsterdam for detroit. in sum, the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> holman: as the president spoke, officials released declassified results of the investigation so far. among the new revelations: the 23-year-old niger
. pretty desolate here and wind-swept. this is the northernmost shore of the united states. the north pole is just 1,300 miles behind me. this is point barrow, named after john barrow, the royal navy official of the 19th century who sent countless expeditions into the arctic to try to find the fabled northwest passage. well, he wouldn't believe how the arctic is changing right now. normally in the summer, the ice retreats to within about 50 miles of this coast. well, right now the ice is 300 miles away. satellite pictures reveal what's happening. the ice cap shrinks every summer but now far beyond the average. most of it is floating. a massive ice that's now retreating and getting thinner so it's disintegrating more easily. this matters because white ice reflects sunlight but the darker ocean absorbs it, so the warming accelerates. >> this is a catastrophic retreat, far faster and quicker and more extensive than what the models predicted. 2007 and 2008 are the two lowest years of summer retreat of ice ever, two greatest retreats of ice, and i think we've got a trend here that's very, very
who admitted to killing abortion doctor in the united states has been found guilty of first-degree murder. he said that he killed dr. george tiller to protect unborn children and. -- and more children. at least 12 people at been killed in mogadishu in a night of heavy fighting. the shelling came as the president's celebrated his first year in office. the losing candidates have in shriveling the's -- sri lanka's presidential candidate -- he has refused to accept his defeat in elections. the haitian government says it desperately needs to hundred thousand tents to house refugees. 70 -- several days on, the majority of refugees do not have any cover. there are as many as 1 million people need to be undercover. we have this report from port- au-prince. >> hope can come in all shapes and sizes, even a green box. after 17 days of misery, something to laugh about in haiti. in a few days' time, 300,000 refugees will start moving in. it is the first proper camp to be fitted since the quake. there'll be latrines, even proper showers. but this camp is a tiny fraction of what is needed.
. we do not claim to know as much as the united states. but in the region here, we have been engaged in operations and anti-terror operations for the good part of 40 years. >> jordan's position is an uncomfortable one, a prominent muslim middle eastern nation whose policies are pro-western, but whose people view the u.s. with suspicion, some even with violent hatred. bbc news, jordan. >> a suicide attack and southeastern afghanistan has killed a senior security officer and six others. officials say the bomber detonated explosives in a busy area, killing all seven on the spot, wounding a least 24. the security officer was the commander for the neighboring province. police said the indian administered kashmir say troops shot dead two gunmen who took over a hotel in the regional capital. the hotel was stormed after a 24-hour standoff. the governor took refuge after throwing grenades and opened fire at a busy market. at least one busy -- busy market was killed. iran has said it will form trials. five people arrested in connection with religious commemorations. the news agency says the ch
to you. security has been tightened for thousands of passengers flying to the united states. from more than one dozen countries. the christmas-day at 10 by a nigerian man has had far reaching consequences -- the christmas day attempt. countries including at the sudan and yemen and pakistan now face fall by the scans and pat downs. >> president obama has returned from holiday to face a wave of issues. >> we are conducting an internal review. the president has called for a whlole of government review, based on what we know now. >> this is the scene at one of the busiest airports. there was one man who went into a secure area. thousands of passengers had to go through security all over again. flights were grounded. the man was not fast. >> so we can all go back through. as you can see, it is an absolute chaos. >> be more security, as far as i am concerned, the better -- the more security. >> they patted me down, and they literally did it a full body, -- did a full body, legs and everything. i had just not seen that before. >> iran, syria, sudan, and cuba. kenmore, including afghanistan, n
links to the western world, particularly the united states, but israel as well. that is not popular amongst the population and certainly not among the wider arab world as well. an incident like this exposes the close ties between jordanians' spy agency and the cia. those ties go back a long way but have been particularly close since the 2001 twin tower attack. since then, jordan has become a key ally along with the united states, helping to break into militant groups into iraq -- in iraq and more recently in afghanistan and in yemen as well. but jordan does not want its own population to know much about that. it does not want the wider arab world to know about it. that is the word on the street -- broad support for attacks on american cia officials, and that is where we see jordan split. >> you are watching "bbc world news." let's go back to washington. this is the scene live in the grand foyer. our main story, that president obama is meeting with top intelligence and security officials. we expect the president to speak in the next few moments. as we wait for him to leave that meeti
, a humanitarian case, but certainly one where the united states is going to bear a continuing central role in rebuilding a desperately poor country. iran, if he let iran go by the boards for the entire year, they would be -- significantly closer to a nuclear capability, by the account of the international atomic energy agency. in the end, his presidentscy is going to be judged on two things, tavis, one is can he get the economy going and the second is, can he say at the end of his four year term that he has significantly repaired those areas that president bush left in disarray. tavis: he's only one year into this. it is fair, i think, to remind us of that. the book out in paper back now from david sanger. it is called the inheritance, "the world obama confronts. good to have you on the program. >> thanks, davis. >> up next, peter fonda. stay with us. >> please welcome peter fonda to the program. the iconic screenwriter and prufere. he has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of his classic easy rider. the film is considered to be one of the top 100 of all time according to the american f
peninsula sought to strike not only american targets in the united states itself. we had information that this group was working with an individ]am who was known ... who we now know was, in fact, the individual involved inç the christmas attack. the bottom line is this. the u.s. government had sufficient information toç have uncover this plot and potentially disrupt the christmas day attack. but our intelligence community failed to connect thoseç dots. which would have placed the suspect on the no-fly list. in other words, this was not a failure to collect intelligence. it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.ç the information was there. agencies and analysts who needed it had access to it. and our7s professionals were trained to look for it. and to bring it altogether. now, i will accept thatç intelligence by its nature is imperfect. but it is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzedç or fully leveraged. that's not acceptable. and i will not tolerate it. time and again we've learned thatm3 quickly piecing tog
this country, that threatens the economic security of the united states. progressives should support that effort, as many did today, because they understand if you fail to act, social security is going broke. medicare is going broke. it is not progressive to allow those programs to fail. >> woodruff: senator greg, why is this bipartisan task force idea that the two of you were pushing, why was that the right way to go or why is it the right way to go? >> because these issues are so big, judy, that you can't address them in a partisan way. you have to have everybody at the table. everything has to be on the table-- entitlements and tax issues-- or otherwise the american people don't trust the results. the american people inherently understand if it isn't bipartisan, it probably won't be fair. we set up this task force in a manner that not only was bipartisan but also required super majorities to report. 14 of 18. so that neither side could gain the other. it required super majorities to pass it in the senate so nobody could game anybody. the results of this task force would be seen as
, the united states, and from the dominican republic and elsewhere. we need to get the teams in there quickly to save lives. the next part i think for us is going to be medical help. the medical infrastructure such as it is in port-au-prince has been clearly overwhelmed by the number of victims kbhz of course hospitals have been destroyed or badly damaged by the earthquake itself. those are two of the priorities we're facing but it is a very dramatic and huge tragedy for the people of haiti and exactly what they don't need after all they've been through. >> lehrer: mr. holmes, there have been estimates up to 30,000 in terms of the death toll. >> i'm leery of giving numbers. there are hbdz, probably thousands of dead but we simply don't know. i don't want to give you a figure. let's wait to see until we get a bit more information. whatever the exact figure sit's clearly a major tragedy. there will be a major humanitarian relief effort to be mounted as well as the search and rescue efforts i talked about so we will have a lot on our plates in the next few days. >> lehrer: what about the situati
by subterfuge. and what this decision does is it says the supreme court of the united states says that you, a corporation, have a first amendment right to buy as much influence as you can afford. you go out there and get them. >> moyers: but, you know, some people would say, "that's all right. this is a free market society. america's all about free markets. what's wrong with that? that is a basic american value." >> the marketplace of ideas doesn't give any one, any corporation or any individual the constitutional right to buy an election. i mean, the first amendment is an important part of our constitution, but so is the idea that this is a democracy. this is... no matter this is a society based on the idea of one person, one vote. and our elections should not be marketplaces. they should be about voters. they should be about helping the electorate make an informed decision. and the electorate is not going to be able to make an informed decision if all they can see on the air, if all they can, you know, hear on the radio are, you know, attack ads funded by hidden corporate agendas. >> i w
to the united states. >> woodruff: then, a look at the surprisingly hot campaign in massachusetts for ted kennedy's senate seat. >> lehrer: and, the weekly analysis of mark shields and david brooks. >> lehrer: and we'll close with the voices and see the faces of the desperate people of haiti. that's all ahead on tonight's "pbs newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour is provided by: >> what the world needs now is energy. the energy to get the economy humming again. the energy to tackle challenges like climate change. what is that energy came from an energy company? everyday, chevron invests $62 million in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. >> this is the engine that connects abundant grain from the american heartland to haran's best selling whole wheat, while keeping 60 billion pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere every year. bnsf, the engine that connects us. toyota. grant thornton. the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental proble
for his legacy and how people remember him. >> right. imagine being president of the united states, whether you're george bush or barack obama that something in the country could happen that completely changes your presidency overnight. that happened to george bush on 9/11 and he spent 11 years trying to avoid it happening again. barack obama came to office with the idea he didn't want his presidency to be consumed by prism. he thought it was important but not the only priority. health care, and economy, and other issues that -- like education he wanted to focus on. you haven't seen him spending time this year talking in the way george bush did and suddenly you have got a guy with explosives in his clothing on an airplane on northwest airlines on christmas day. what does he have to do, he suddenly finds himself in a position that dush did, answering questions, what went wrong. who is responsible and how do we assess blame? gwen: you wrong a long, long piece. >> it reads fast. gwen: yes. one of the characters who was a running theme throughout the piece in the administration and the
will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food, water, and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. >> rose: joining me by satellite phone is cnn's anderson cooper. he was in port-au-prince, haiti. just tell me what you're seeing and what people are telling you. >> i don't know much of the [no audio] because it's hard to get sort of [no audio] and i can tell you i got here early this morning really on one of the first helicopter flights in and the situation in downtown port-au-prince, which is where i've been traveling around the last... most of this day, is incredibly dire. right now we've just felt two sizable aftershocks and every time... i'm in downtown port-au-prince right now. every time you feel an aftershock you can hear people start to scream in these public parks where they are camping out and have been camping out since the first earthquake hit. just about... i don't think it's high personly to say every block you go down in downtown port-au-prince
affairs officer for 23 years and lieutenant colonel in the united states military. doing this sort of work myself in uniform. so i participated in the reconstruction of kuwait after the first gulf war as executive officer of the unit. so the military, the officers at the working level, they all cooperate. none of them complain. i think they have a sense of accomplishment in this. >> lehrer: did you feel any frustration on the piece of tape where the u.s. navy officer at the airport was asked by the reporter from i.t.n., hey, you've got all these supplies. there's a hospital down across the road and you can't get those supplies to them. why not? he said, i'm sorry. somebody else is is deciding all of that. >> there is a system for deciding that. it's called the incident response system. u.s.a.i.d. has used it for 30 years. the u.s. military uses it. that system has been set up. it will function but it takes a few days for all that system to be put in place. >> lehrer: has that been explained well to people? i mean i'm talking about american people as well as the haitian people. >> i don't t
plans ahead of next year's elections. bbc news. >> iran has blamed israel and the united states for the murder of a physics professor in tehran. iranian state television says dr. masoud ali mohammadi was killed by a bomb as he left home. our iran correspondent is currently in london and it is trying to untangle the day's events. >> unusually for iran, pictures and details of the killing emersed very quickly. -- emerged very quickly. it appears masoud ali mohammadi, at tehran university academic, was leaving for work this morning when a bomb exploded. it was either planted on a motorbike or in a rubbish bin. >> it was 7:30 when i heard a massive explosion and the building shook strongly. i thought it was an earthquake. i went inside and i saw chaos in the street. everywhere there was smoke. >> iranian media were also quick to identify him as a nuclear scientist. they said he was alleles' servant of the islamic revolution his death could -- they said he was allele servant of the islamic revolution and his death could be a blow to the nuclear program. >> and sends a clear message t
, medical supplies, shelter the united states military has done a great job of taking over the airport. they're working closely with the u.n. security forces, the state department and aide are working very well and thank goodness the american embassy was unharmed. but the government has been damaged and our u.n. office has been december mitted there. we still have 150 people buried who have not been found. we did get someone out alive today, thank god. but we need to focus on this now. i set up a... for my u.n. office, a web site that's /haiti earth quake just to move money into medical supplies and the last day we've gotten something like $4 million and we've gotten people sending less than a hundred dollars on average. or they can text "haiti" to 20222 and give $10. that's the most important thing now. then when that's over, we'll have to complete the relief efforts and we'll start recovery and reconstruction. haiti has a plan. it will have to be amended to take account of what has happened. but we'll have the government reconstitute it soon, we'll have the u.n. missi
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. in the united states, credit cards have functioned within a system where it's legal for card issuers to charge any fee or any interest rate they want without limits. >> the credit card industry has always been the wild west. the card issuers held all the cards. they could do anything they want-- $39 late fees and $35 over-limit fees; 30% interest rates. and yes, it got crazy. competition ramped up to such a level that it created an industry that was out of control. >> bergman: the industry got out of control because, over the last 30 years, regulations on banks and consumer lending that had been in place since the great depression were steadily eliminated. >> the cops left the streets. there was no one on the beat. >> bergman: christopher dodd of connecticut is the chairman of the senate banking committee. >> where were the regulators in all of this? >> bergman: he says that, for decades, both republicans and democrats voted for deregulation. >> look, i voted for it. >> bergman: you voted for the deregulation? >> yes. but we were wrong. and the message out there to the financial industry was,
everybody. god bless the united states of america. thank you, everybody. (applause) >> woodruff: now, more on the president's appearance before house republicans-- someone who was there for it all, texas representative jeb hensarling. congressman hensarling, thanks for being with us and for standing out in the cold. what did you take away from this unusual session? >> well, you're right, judy, it was an unusual session. listen, the president deserves great credit for accepting our invitation. i'm glad that he did it. i'm hoping something good will come out of it. we've never seen any kind of outreach from speaker pelosi to attempt to work on a bipartisan basis. i hope we see one out of the president. there are some areas maybe we can work on. but i got to tell you, the american people want accountability in government. and regardless of whether you are a republican or democrat today i think was at least a chapter in accountability. i mean things like the louisiana purchase and the cornhusker kickback, people want to see some accountability. they saw it today. >> woodruff: you asked him a q
daily ration says it's a food gift from the people of the united states of america. but getting this through once isn't enough, the people here need to be fed every day, and they're going to need it for a very long time to come. when water does arrive, it can cause chaos. desperate people try to grab what they can, even grabbing it from each other. the weak, the thirsty. how careful do you have to be, are there problems handing out aid? >> our teams go in, they try to sensitize the community, and basically let them know we can't distribute to everyone at one time, that the assessment's on going. distributions will happen over time. ( screaming ) >> ifill: weapons are appearing on the street, too. fights breaking out over the meager supplies. and the threat of more serious violence hangs in air. by night, port-au-prince is a frightening vision. people with no where to go walk down dark streets past the burning remains of their ruined city. then, out of the darkness walks a miracle. she closely followed by her brother, moses. triumphantly rescued after a week trapped within their
rose. >> rose: we begin tonight with an ongoing look at the united states intelligence community. over the weekend c.i.a. director leon panetta publicly defended his agent industry criticism over last month's suicide attack in afghanistan that killed seven of his employees. in an editorial in the "washington post," panetta dismissed claims that agents had practiced poor trade craft. the public defense came days after president obama acknowledged security missteps that led to al qaeda's attempt to bring down a u.s. airliner on christmas day. in addition, the military's highest-ranking intelligence officer in afghanistan released a critical self-assessment last week. major general michael flynn wrote that analysis was unable to understand and answer fundamental questions about the war. joining me now from washington, david ignatius, he's a columnist in for the "washington post." he also covers the intelligence community and writing novels about it. in berkeley, california, bob baer, former c.i.a. officer. in new york, mark mazzetti of the "new york times." he covers national security iss
of the interior ministry, is trained by britain and the united states, which they prefer the people do not know. it is politically difficult in this country, politically dangerous, but at the same time, they would like to do more, because they need all of the help they can get. their instructors, clearly not from yemen, got scared when the camera's got too close. many in this country believe that western military involvement may turn into the best recruiting agent for al qaeda. water is just one of many shortages here. this may suggest listening to something else other than the violent jihad message. >> it is martyrdom and going to heaven. when they are busy, and they are earning, then i think the problem of terrorism would be much less. the population. >> these people did not like al qaeda. they are not muslims, he said. muslims are not extremists. they agree there are terrorists. "we do not want them here." even so, in the hills, al qaeda is a force, and the president has a record against it. despite his men's shootouts this week with al qaeda, he does not see it as his biggest threat to the
how you can define the conclusion. i think that barack obama becoming president of the united states is a small test in the fact that this nation is in a rather incremental way moving forward. i think it is much to america's credit that it could go to that place, however in the aftermath, i think there are millions who have come to the table to tell you that they wish he was dead rather than alive doing some of the things that he is doing. there is also something else we must take into consideration. barack obama is first and foremost a man. he is flawed. he has his contradictions. he has revealed those contradictions. there is a question that we have. do we get behind him and push him to become what we know he should be or do we lay back and watch him drift, watch him capitulate and then say aha, we knew it all along. it is not his conclusion to be ours. is not his fate also to be ours. what role do we as a people play in forcing the mission to go where we know it must go? reminds me of that much-quoted dinner with franklin roosevelt and a. phillip randolph when after a night of tal
-to-date on other news. signatures are being collected for a civil lawsuit in the united states, on behalf of the people killed or wounded by guards from the private security firm blackwater. 17 iraqis died year when guards opened fire in a crowded street -- 17 iraqis died iwhen guards opened fire on a crowded street. there was a government that ended two decades ago. five defendants charged in connection with last month's anti-government protests in iran have gone on trial. state television say they are accused of cooperating with an opposition group. eight people were killed in clashes across iran during a religious commemoration. taliban gunman and suicide bombers today launched a coordinated assault in the heart of the afghan capital -- taliban gunmen. there were exchanges of fire. our bbc correspondent was there and found himself caught up. >> afghan security forces approach to investigate. suddenly, they see what it is, the danger they are in. it is the single shocking moments, when a suicide bomber takes his own life in the hope of taking others, and in an instant, the city center i
will reopen anytime soon. >> united states has suspended aid program for kenya because of the corruption scandal -- because of a corruption scandal. the american ambassador to kenya accused politicians for failing to tackle corruption. people have been marching in greece to protest against racism and to highlight the problems immigrants face. they are looking to improve conditions, but they admit they struggle to cope with the thousands entering the country each year. nasa has admitted defeat. it got stuck in soft soil last may, the rover, and all efforts to get it out have failed. it will now live out its remaining days as a statin station -- as a static station. there is a new movie that has had a world premiere. chris morriss involved. >> it was a hot ticket. the first screening of the movie. put simply, the film is a farce, the story of a ragtag group of young asian men. initially, their target is a mosque. training the group is an islamic converts who is not impressed by the efforts one of his men has made to obtain an explosive ingredients. >> you will get us nicked. >> i use diffe
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